The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Student Veterans of America (SVA) and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) on several new initiatives to enhance the ability of post 9-11 veterans, including student veterans, to find meaningful employment in the private sector upon graduation or return to the civilian workforce. Our jobs and internship program was launched in early June 2011 at over 350 colleges and universities and will initially be available to over 40,000 student veterans seeking internships and job opportunities across the nation. In addition to conducting tailored hiring fairs for student veterans at SVA's National Conference in December 2011 and their Annual Leadership Summit in 2012, we have elicited the support of several Fortune 100 companies to establish campus recruiting programs and to work with SVA chapter to develop a nationwide internship program for student veterans from campuses in all 50 states.
On July 1, 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for the veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan launched a groundbreaking partnership. "In its inaugural session, the Veterans Working Group, Operation Employment: Empowering America’s Newest Veterans, identified actionable steps to reduce skyrocketing rates of unemployment amongst Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, including building support structures for new vets, leveraging technology and media to connect them with employment opportunities, and bridging the civilian-military divide to broaden community response to veterans’ issues." We are partnering with IAVA on a hiring fair October 6 in San Francisco, CA. Click here to read more about the partnership.
We plan to develop a nationwide internship program for student veterans
- The program will provide employers with opportunities to hire thousands of potential full time employees and retain quality veteran talent at minimum risk and cost.
- The program will increase the likelihood of jobs for student veterans.
We plan to conduct tailored hiring fairs to connect student veterans with jobs
- We will facilitate student veterans’ access to resources, support, and programs that will lead to second careers in the private sector when they graduate.
- We will conduct hiring fairs at two major Student Veterans of America (SVA) Summits.
We plan to build campus recruitment program for student veterans
- The program will connect corporate recruiters with SVA leadership on targeted campuses.
- The program will create a proprietary database of undergraduate student veterans for companies to access.
- The program will pool local SVA chapters to create mini- hiring fairs or networking opportunities.